• Software & Technology Vendor Showcase
    Inside Self-Storage is pleased to express its gratitude to the software and technology vendors that support this annual edition through the purchase of advertising. Look for ads from all of the following suppliers in the body of this issue. AndraTech Software Corp. P.O. Box ...More
    May 1, 2005 Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Gambling on the Spouse Tactic
    How often have you had a prospective renter say to you, “I have to check with my spouse before making a commitment”? How many times have you yourself said this to a salesperson? Isn’t it the greatest stall tactic ever invented? Maybe you and your spouse share the ...More
    May 1, 2005 Tron Jordheim Posted in Articles
  • The Web Advantage
    There’s no doubt the Internet has changed the way we do business. While the impact of the web has been greater for some industries than others, it’s finally affecting the self-storage industry and shaping our business landscape. One of the main reasons the web has such an ...More
    May 1, 2005 Srini Vasan Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Importance of Data Accuracy
    “It’s that rotten software again!” When a technological problem surfaces at a self-storage facility, most operators assume the mistake lies with their management software. But often the software isn’t the problem. Believe it or not, errors can usually be traced back to the ...More
    May 1, 2005 Dallas Dogger Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Storage as Art
    Diane Botwin Alpert repressed a wave of revulsion when property consultants recommended a self-storage development for her property. “‘Yuck.’ That was my thought,” she says. “I was so sorry I couldn’t legitimately engage in retail in the neighborhood and commercial area ...More
    May 1, 2005 Kimberly Hundley Posted in Articles
  • Commonsense Marketing
    People in the self-storage industry talk about marketing as though it’s something you have to add to your business. But the fact is your business already uses marketing. The question is whether it is being handled properly. In the Frontier Days, traders traveled from ...More
    May 1, 2005 Roy Katz Posted in Articles
  • Just the Facts
    I grew up with Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy and a host of comic-book heroes. Yes, I’m at that age when old dogs have to learn new tricks. Remember wrist radios, space ships, transporters and a lot of other imagined futuristic inventions? Who would have thought that many of those ...More
    May 1, 2005 Fred Grauer Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Installing Manager Upgrades
    Twenty-five years ago, I was on the management team of a small community bank. I specifically remember a meeting in 1978 in which we discussed a new product: the automated teller machine, recognized today as the ATM by every man, woman and child. Diebold, a supplier of ...More
    May 1, 2005 Rick McGee Posted in Articles, Technology
  • Got Wireless?
    Wireless networks are springing up everywhere in places like Starbucks, McDonald’s, airports, hotels and libraries. It’s almost impossible to go a whole day without stumbling into a wireless zone or “hotspot.” Why are they so popular? The reason is simple: freedom from ...More
    May 1, 2005 Christine Spisto Posted in Articles, Technology
  • The Great Software Wars (Revisited)
    Eleven years ago, my company’s founder, David Reddick, wrote an article for this magazine titled “The Great Software Wars,” which addressed essentials in selecting self-storage software. I’d like to revisit the topic, looking at what has changed over time and what basics ...More
    May 1, 2005 John Fogg Posted in Articles, Technology